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St Mary, Fishley, Norfolk

(52°38′51″N, 1°31′53″E)
Fishley, Norfolk
TG 390 114
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Norfolk
now Norfolk
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Jill A Franklin
  • Jill A Franklin

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Feature Sets

Fishley lies to the east of Norwich, close to Acle. It was a substantial settlement in 1086. St Mary's is a small, largely 13thc church, with a round tower. The only Romanesque sculpture is on the (heavily restored) S doorway.


After the Conquest, King William was tenant-in-chief of Fishley, in the hundred of Walsham. Two other owners - the Abbey of St Benet of Holme and William of Ecouis - also had holdings there, according to Domesday Book. With over thirty-three households, Fishley was among the largest 40% of settlements recorded in 1086.


Exterior Features



'All much restored in 1861', according to Pevsner (1962, 133)

The double row of syncopated billet on the hood mould also occurs on doorways in the region at Barton Bendish St Andrew's, Burgh St Margaret, Clippesby, Framingham Earl and Hillington. (Dukinfield Astley, 1908, 197).


S. Lewis, ed., A Topographical History of England, London 1848, vol. 2.

H. J. Dukinfield Astley, Memorials of Old Norfolk (London 1908)

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, North-East Norfolk and Norwich, Harmondsworth 1962, 133-134.
  1. N. Pevsner and B. Wilson, The Buildings of England, Norfolk: Norwich and North-East, Harmondsworth 1962, 2nd edn 1997, 1: 470.